Not like the Movies

March 2012

Not like the Movies

On the 8th and 9th March Debden Park High School was proud to present ‘Not like the Movies’. This was a collaboration from Voyage – Debden Park’s Drama company and Debden Youth Dance (DYD) – Debden Park’s Dance company. The two companies began rehearsing with the stimulus ‘glamour cabaret’. As ideas developed, a show was created that addressed the issues surrounding the rise and fall of fame. Aided by two live solo performances we saw appearances from members of VOICE – Debden Park’s Singing company. As a Specialist School in the Performing Arts we are delighted to have achieved such a collaboration and at such high standard.

The performance highlighted the talent that lies amongst the students here at Debden Park and as the show ran across two nights, many had the opportunity to enjoy their spectacular creation. Huge congratulations to everyone involved in the cabaret.

Click here to see the video slideshow.

Year Nine GCSE Expressive Arts exam

Please note the final GCSE Expressive Arts exam for all Year Nine students is May 9th, 10th and 11th. Students must attend all Expressive Arts lesson between now and this date and are welcome to spend lunchtimes and after school time preparing their portfolios and rehearsing their performances

Any questions please see your class teacher

9P- Mr Ventura
9A – Ms Mann
9R – Ms Rees
9K – Ms Mann
9D – Ms Davis
9E – Ms Haycock

Maths Achievers

Each term the Maths Team identify one boy and one girl per Maths class as a top achiever. This highlights the fact that these students have shown an impressive understanding of the skills taught in classes this term and that they have worked with enthusiasm and shown a commitment to the subject.

These students have proven themselves great role models for their fellow class mates and we hope that their excellent attitude towards Maths continues and that they exceed their expected progress this year.

Well done to them all!


School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme (SCITT)

We are delighted to announce that TKAT have been accredited to deliver their own School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme (SCITT) to commence in September 2012.  Our programme is a PGCE course and trainees will also gain 40 credits towards a Masters’ Degree.

The SCITT programme provides a unique and fantastic opportunity for TKAT schools to train their own staff, to work together and it creates many professional development opportunities for current employees too.

We have initially been allocated 30 places in the subject areas of Maths, English, History, Geography, MFL and the Sciences (Chemistry, Biology and Physics).

For further information please email


Fixtures (week beginning 19th March)


Monday 19th March: DPHS V Braeside Year 7A and 8A (home)


Monday 19th March: DPHS V Roding Valley Year 8 (home)

Wednesday 21st March: DPHS V King Harold Year 11 (home)

Thursday 22nd March: DPHS V West Hatch Year 8 (home)


Fantastic author Dan Freedman entranced Year 7 and 8 today

Year 7 and 8 were treated to assemblies and workshops with the author Dan Freedman today. He talked to them about his career in football and his popular series of football themed books and showed them preview material from the upcoming TV series of the Jamie Johnstone books. The students were entranced by his stories of famous footballers and were treated to a question and answer session at the end of his assembly where they asked intelligent and incisive questions!

Sixty of our students also joined him for writing workshops where they wrote their own fantastic football themed writing. Extracts from our students’ writing will be published on our website soon. The four students who wrote the best pieces won a signed copy of Dan’s latest book. Well done to them!

Our students told us they thought it was “The best day ever!” and queued up to get their copies of ‘The Kick Off’ and other Dan Freedman novels signed by the man himself.

Signed copies of his novels are still available to buy for £4.99.

Thankyou to Dan Freedman for such a wonderful visit.